Definition of ataxia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈtæksiə//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtæksiə//
(also ataxy
BrE BrE//əˈtæksi//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtæksi//
[uncountable] (medical)
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the loss of full control of the body’s movements Word Originlate 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek, from a- ‘without’ + taxis ‘order’. The original sense was ‘irregularity, disorder’, later (in medical use) denoting irregular functions or symptoms.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ataxia